Keep Stress From Managing You in the New Year

Northwestern Medicine
Health and Wellness December 27, 2011

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can be exciting, yet hectic for a number of people. Stress associated with busier than usual schedules and competing engagements can easily mount, making it difficult for people to find time to unwind, relax and regroup. Experts warn that over time, stress has a significant impact on health and well-being, making it important to find ways to manage tension before it manages you.

"Stress can lead to sleep loss, chronic pain and feeling distracted,” said Maggie Crowley, PsyD, health psychologist at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. “We all need to find ways to decompress both body and mind to regain a sense of ease and well-being.”

Crowley will lead a course called Guided Mindful Meditation beginning January 11 designed to help people alleviate anxiety and stress and cultivate a sense of well-being. Through guided meditation, participants will learn the concepts of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, which includes elements of meditation and yoga. By becoming more aware of their stress, as well as the connection between the mind and body, participants can achieve balance in their lives.

“Our goal is to create a calm environment where people can experience the relaxing benefits of meditation,” said Crowley.

Each one hour class will include guided meditation, movement and discussion about what people are experiencing. The six-week course is open to adults of all ages who may be experiencing stress, chronic pain or illness, as well as those generally looking to improve their health. Participants will receive a meditation mat and cushion as part of their registration fee.

Learn more about the group mindfulness meditation courses available at the Osher Center.

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